Mid-Life Rider

rambling through mid-life on motorcycles

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Entries from July 2008

If not now, when? Watch this incredibly inspiration video by Randy Pausch and then get after your dreams. Now.

February 29th, 2008 · No Comments

I started riding motorcycles in midlife for me. It’s something I thought a lot about and have thought about since. It’s a question I’ve asked lost of other people about as well . . . why do you ride. We all have lots of logical reasons, but down inside, we come to something like riding [...]

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Tags: Rants and Raves

Conversation with Tyler Risk; Founder of NorthStar Moto Tours and Dangerous Curves

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Meet Tyler Risk. She’s like an ad for “midlife” riding. She is a keen rider, a founding member of Dangerous Curves, (a woman’s riding group), and the founder and literally driving force behind wonderful little touring company for woman called NorthStar Moto Tours.
Tell me a little about yourself
By day, I’m the office manager for a [...]

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Tags: Interviews

Conversation with Susan Carpenter; LA Times Motorcycle Writer and Rider

February 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

(photo by Don Kelsen / latimes)
I found out about Susan Carpenter through a friend of mine. She is one of the few people writing a column on motorcycles for a daily anywhere in the US. We caught up via email and this is what she had to say.
Tell me a little about yourself
I’m [...]

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Tags: Interviews

Conversation with Thom B about why he rides: Don’t miss the links to his ride reports

February 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Thom responded to a thread on one of the forums I follow about why people ride. One of the emerging themes, and it is I think purely coincidental, is the entrepreneurial nature of the people I’ve been interviewing. It’s also possible that I just notice that sort of thing as I count myself in that [...]

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Read "Seize the Journey” and get inspired about riding loooooonnnnggg

February 26th, 2008 · No Comments

“AChick” embodies so much of what many of us aspire to (or at least me). Here’s the lead on her most excellent and extensive Alaskan ride report called Seize the Journey.
I recently calculated that in the last 12 months I have ridden over 67,000 miles on two wheels. There are expressions in the motorcycling [...]

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Tags: Ride Reports

Looking for a place to speed? Try Texas

February 25th, 2008 · No Comments

I offer this clip from an article on CNN about speeding without further comment . . .
Since 1995, states have been free to set their own maximum speed limits, leading to long debates on safety standards. To some folks, the speed limits are just insane — either too low or too high, depending on [...]

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Tags: Rants and Raves

Conversation with FJRChick

February 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Every one of these conversations is like a gift. There’s a gem in each of them. I met FJRChick online at the FJRforum. I love her answer to my first question.
When did you first ride a motorcycle?
I rode for the first time in the fall of 1991. Here is the story of what prompted me [...]

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Take what the road gives you

February 24th, 2008 · No Comments

You take what the road gives you. You take what the weather gives you. You take what the ride gives you. That’s the zen of riding.
Riding any sort of distance has the tendency to bring out the philosopher in me. The philosopher, the dreamer, the schemer, the blogger, the critic . . . The opportunity [...]

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Tags: Ride Reports

We come for the ride

February 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Some come for the bikes
Some for the gear
Some for the people
In the end, we come back again and again for the ride

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Conversation with Mark Lawrence, entreprenuer, genius behind CalSci, motorcycle rider

February 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Mark Lawrence is my hero. Maybe not my all-time hero, but definitely in the pantheon of stars. He gets there for being first and foremost and entrepreneur. As someone who has gone to be nearly every night for the last thirty years signing the front of the paycheck, I have deep respect for anyone who [...]

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Tags: Interviews